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Lab-based Scientist (Adaptive Immunity) Graduate Programme, UK, 2021

Salary notes: 
Assessment Centre date: 11th December 2020
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Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
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Job description

Adaptive Immunity Research Unit Graduate Program: Graduate Lab Immunologist

Education required:

Must be on track for a BSc (Minimal 2ii or equivalent) or an MSc in Life Sciences degrees such as: Biology, Pharmacology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Genetics, Microbiology

Start date: September 2021

Assessment Centre date: 11th December 2020

*You can apply to only one Future Leader Program in the U.K.

Application deadline

We accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible.

Program Duration: 2 years

Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer.

About GSK

GSK’s goal is to be one of the world’s most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies. We have 3 global businesses that research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. We are committed to widening access to our products, so more people can benefit, no matter where they live in the world or what they can afford to pay.

R&D Adaptive Immunity Research Unit Graduate Program

Adaptive Immunity relies on the coordination and expansion of specific adaptive immune cells. Immune memory follows the adaptive response, when mature adaptive cells, highly specific to the original pathogen, are retained for later use. The Adaptive Immunity Research Unit (AIRU) at GSK is positioned to optimise our opportunities in this exciting area of research to develop new therapies for human disease. Additionally, the team has access to unprecedented genetic resources through GSK’s collaboration with 23andMe, FinnGen and Open Targets combined with cell specific epigenetic datasets and functional genomic screens to identify pathogenic cell types, pathways and targets.

Within AIRU, the biology teams focused on key aspects of immunology linked to unmet disease needs, support the process of identifying new immune modulatory therapeutics. The AIRU has core expertise in immunology, cell biology, pharmacology, bioinformatics, genomics and translational sciences and works closely with business partners from the Human Genetics, Functional Genomics and Medicine Design teams at GSK.

About the AIRU Graduate Program

Within the first 2 years of your career at GSK, you will undertake 4 rotations across our Adaptive Immunity Research Unit that will allow you to gain experience in multiple scientific techniques and approaches ranging from state-of-the-art immune cell-based assays through to genomics and bioinformatics as aligned to the drug discovery process.

These rotations will provide you with the knowledge, technical capability and confidence to be a highly successful drug discovery lab scientist.  During this time, you will have the opportunity to interact with other graduates for training and networking events.  You will also undertake a number of core training and personal development courses to introduce you to our GSK values and expectations.  

By joining the GSK AIRU Graduate Program, you will gain unique experiences in immunology focused drug discovery, enhanced by genomic and genetic approaches. Skills you will gain include cell isolation, culture and characterisation, immune assay systems, molecular biology techniques, flow cytometry, genomic and gene editing approaches, as well as in vitro and in vivo pharmacology. The rotations will take you through the key steps from target identification, validation, lead optimisation and translational pharmacology. At the end of the two years you will be a well-equipped lab-based drug discovery immunologist with a range of state-of-the-art approaches at your fingertips, positioned for a successful career at GSK.

Why you?

If you share our priorities of innovation, performance and trust, have a passion for immunology, love lab work and are motivated to contribute towards bringing lifesaving drugs to patients, then we’d love to hear from you.

You will need:

  • A passion for immunology, biological sciences and medicine

  • Have experience in the lab and enjoy working at the laboratory bench

  • Are excited about self-development and learning new techniques

  • To be a team player

  • To be a motivated and proactive graduate with a talent for multitasking

  • A gift for building strong relationships with peers and key stakeholders

  • The ability to adapt to change  

  • An analytical mind and an eye for detail

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)

Benefits include:

  • A competitive base salary

  • An annual bonus based on company performance

  • Access to healthcare and well-being programs, pension plan membership, savings programs, time off and childcare support

  • Employee recognition programs, which reward exceptional achievements

  • Long-term incentives through shared ownership, link your rewards to our longer-term performance

Apply now

We’ll close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible. You’ll be asked for your personal information and why you want to work for us.

We’re 100% open to all talent

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers. And also because it’s the right thing to do.

Need help with your application?

We’ll make all reasonable modifications to support you throughout the recruitment process and we’ll treat all information you give us in confidence. Please get in touch to help us process your application as soon as possible.

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